Saturday, June 27, 2009

WHAT!? You Mean There Really Was Slavery Up North?
And White slaves, too!?

Interesting little article from the AP. Here's some of it; (Emphasis mine) RI closer to changing state name over slavery

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The country's smallest state has the longest official name: "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."

A push to drop "Providence Plantations" from that name advanced farther than ever on Thursday when House lawmakers voted 70-3 to let residents decide whether their home should simply be called the "State of Rhode Island." It's an encouraging sign for those who believe the formal name conjures up images of slavery, while opponents argue it's an unnecessary rewriting of history that ignores Rhode Island's tradition of religious liberty and tolerance.

In 1663, English King Charles II granted a royal charter joining all the settlements into a single colony called "The Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations." The name stuck. Rhode Island used that royal charter as its governing document until 1843.

Opponents of the name charge argue that "plantations" was used at the time to describe any farming settlements, regardless of slavery.

Still, Stanley Lemons, a professor emeritus of history at Rhode Island College, said changing the state's name ignores the accomplishments of [colony founder, Roger] Williams, whose government passed laws trying to prevent the permanent servitude of whites, blacks and American Indians.
More politically correct nonsense. Doesn't their state government have more important things to do?

And with apologies (not really) to historical revisionists, the fact of the matter is, not one single slave was freed by the Emancipation Proclomation. That pronouncment was the biggest public relations coup since the so-called Tonkin Gulf Incident.

4 Comments:

Blogger David Nandell said...

Vir,

Off topic, apologies.

You should check this blog out:

http://orthodoxseminarian.blogspot.com/

He's an Orthodox seminarian. He's currently discussing his Marine boot camp experience and how it shaped him to be a priest.

"Suck it up, Buttercup!"

Dave N

Oh, and.. Go Navy!

5:21 PM  
Blogger Brian Michael Page said...

It just goes to show the idiots we have in our State House. It's petty bull shit like this that our politicians put on the top of their priority list.
BMP

6:44 PM  
Blogger Al said...

I know Simplex Vir knows the answer to this, who is the 1 signer of the Declaration of Independence who never owned a slave at any time in his life?

John Adams. Yes, even Ben Frnaklin owned a slave or 2 at 1 time.

I'm sick of this PC revisionism. The reality is, every colony had slaves at 1 time or another. Many of the white ones were labeled indentured servants, but the same difference. & let's not forget that it was many black Africans who sold their fellow blacks to slavers, many of whom were Arab.

History has its ugly side all arround, but changing a name isn't going to change a single historical fact or reality, just feed some people's delusions of doing something while doing nothing.

11:03 PM  
Blogger Joe of St. Thérèse said...

Not only did I not know this, I didn't even care...

Fortunately for us poltically incorrect people there's an award here:

http://truthbloggedhere.blogspot.com/2009/06/honest-scrap-award.html

12:40 AM  

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